I am hoping for a response and a much better performance tomorrow against Bridon Ropes, says Snodland Town assistant Dave Jeal

Friday 11th August 2017

SNODLAND TOWN assistant manager Dave Jeal says there may be changes for tomorrow’s home game against Bridon Ropes.

Snodland Town have played a couple of league games and opened their campaign with a 3-2 home win over Phoenix Sports Reserves before losing their local derby 2-0 at K Sports on Tuesday night.

“We lost 2-0 to K Sports, which we can’t really argue with. It was 0-0 at half-time and while they had the better of the chances, we were in the game,” said Jeal.

“They scored quite early on in the second half and we failed to impose our play on the  game and they went on to get a second.

“We were really disappointed with our overall performance but it will hopefully act as a learning curve for the players moving forward.

“We had a good pre-season and deservedly won our opening game against Phoenix Sports Reserves.

“I am hoping for a response and a much better performance tomorrow against Bridon Ropes, who have started the season well so it should be a great game.

“Aaron Chiles is unavailable and there may be some changes from Tuesday night as we have a big squad and we want to keep everybody involved.”

Bridon Ropes have started their campaign with a 4-4 home draw against Gravesham Borough on the opening day of the season, before beating their landlords Meridian VP 2-1 in midweek.

“It was great to get three points against our rivals last game out and get that first win of the season after feeling like we threw the win and two points away against Gravesham Borough,” said their manager Mark Murison.

“No disrespect to Gravesham as they played well but we had the game wrapped up and made some terrible mistakes to concede some sloppy goals.

“I am, however, proud of how the team bounced back to get the win on Tuesday as even through it was a draw on Saturday it did feel like a loss to the whole team.”

Murison says he is expecting a tough examination at Snodland tomorrow.

“It will be tough as Snodland are a good team and we know that as we lost there last season,” said the Ropes boss.

“We will need to play well to come away with the win.  To be honest, at the start of the season, it is rare anyone is an easy game as everyone is normally at full strength and everyone is buzzing for football again, so every team is a challenge and you need to be at your best to win.”

When asked about his team-news for their trip, Murison replied: “We are missing some important players as we had two major injuries to first team regulars in the last couple of pre-season games and they won’t be back in for a while.  Plus, two players who have started our opening two games are away for this weekend so not quite full strength but we have worked hard to have a strong squad so I expect us to compete against any team with any squad we name.”

Snodland Town  v  Bridon Ropes
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Tuesday 12th August 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Potyn’s Sports Field, Paddlesworth Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5DP





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